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The Development Team, more than just a team of “developers”

If you’ve worked with Scrum teams, you have probably wondered who is part of the Development Team. For example, are all developers that write code in the Development Team? What happens to those who do not write code? Are they also “developers”?

In fact, I have often been asked this question by members of Scrum teams with whom I have worked and it has even been the subject of debate in the agile community of Paradigma. Let’s shed light on the question!

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What challenges does the IoT have for us in store in 2018?

The other day, going to the supermarket, I looked at the parking detection system and I noticed that some of them were turned off, they did not seem to work. Curious as I am, I approached and saw that the device had broken wires…

Beyond considering if it had crossed someone’s mind to cut these cables off, some thoughts came to mind that I would like to share in this post. Is the IoT safe? Do we really take full advantage of the data obtained?

We have been experiencing a great IoT boom globally for two or three years. In part, thanks to easy access to connectivity, the evolution of technologies and the great diversity of devices. But also thanks to innovative and disruptive companies that have taken advantage of this situation by creating products and services around it. And yet, this boom has not come to an end…

To get an idea of ​​what this implies, different studies claim that 2018 will end with more than 11,000 million connected devices, not including computers or mobile phones. Moreover, it is estimated that in 2020 the number of “things” connected will reach 30,000 million.

While these figures confirm the success of IoT and its entire ecosystem, they also reveal a series of challenges that, to those working in IT, are passionate about.

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Being digital, an animal story

In 2014 I traveled to Africa where I could see wild animals roam in freedom. Lions, gazelles, buffalos, elephants and other species in their natural habitat, where their splendor shines. It was an unforgettable experience that I recommend to lovers of animals, nature and photography.

I might also add that I am not very fond of zoos. Despite their supposed concern for animals, they appear as “collections” of animals and not homes.

Situations where animals are confined in very bad conditions are too frequent (e.g. zoo of Almendralejo or the last polar bear of Argentina). But even under the best conditions, it is impossible to duplicate or imitate the natural habitat in which they live.

Captivity prevents animals from developing many of their behaviors that for them are innate and vital such as running, flying, hunting, climbing or being accompanied by other species as companions.

Many times these zoos are built with the best of intentions, however we do not realize that the model is erroneous. The natural habitat of animals for thousands of years is nature, and if you deprive them of freedom, even with the best care, it is simply not the same.

But apart from this, which is perfectly debatable, the relevant fact that I want to highlight and that I think is not up for debate, is that animals do not behave nor live in the same conditions in the zoo as in nature itself.

There are studies that show that these animals have clear signs of psychological effects derived from captivity, and even in some cases their life expectancy is reduced by half.

For me, this situation is very similar to the one we are currently experiencing in Spain with digitalization, which in many cases does not progress due to the same basic error.

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Reinvention of agile contracts: inspection and adaptation

The way we developed software 15 years ago does not fit in the current digital world. This message seems to have already taken hold in the majority of Spanish companies, now it has to be Agile (in capital letters), this is the way to achieve success in the digital market.

Only it is not enough to understand this, the road ahead is complicated and, among other obstacles, traditional contracts do not help. The problem is already known: wanting to play one game with the rules of another one.

Many of the trends and practices called agile (lean, scrum, etc.) emphasize the importance of inspection and adaptation, of experimenting, measuring, observing and learning. Well, let’s do the same with contracts, let’s see how they can be adapted.

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Bill Murray, or how Scrum is reflected in your daily life

We’ve heard a lot lately about Scrum and the entire Agile methodology. It seems that it is a new trend, just like new trends pop up year after year. And yet, as soon as we begin to dig a little deeper, we soon find out that this trend is more than 20 years old.

Scrum is also said to be something that only applies to development projects … nothing is further from the truth!

Doing a little research you can see that it has been applied to projects of all kinds (car manufacturing, in the university, construction of spacecrafteven in planning a wedding!).

A few days ago, I realized that we even have examples of its use in cinema. Yes, in many of the films we have seen since our early childhood there are examples of how Scrum was applied, without having any idea of ​​what we were seeing.

The first to apply Scrum, without a doubt, was Bill Murray.

Copyright: Columbia Pictures

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Why is blockchain going to change your life?

There is no doubt that Blockchain is one of the hottest talking points right now. If you have knowledge of the IT world, several relatives may have asked you if they should invest in Bitcoins or “any of those currencies” during the December cryptocurrency spike, or more recently with the plummeting of prices at the start of this year.

If you have a profile that is more alien to the technical world, it’s highly likely that you have read articles about how blockchain will change the rules of the game for your business.

There is talk of the “Internet Industrial Revolution” or the “Internet of Value”. But what is behind all this? Is it a fad? Although it may seem like a passing fad, in reality blockchain brings a new technological paradigm that can change the way we work.

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GDPR? Better in Cloud

General Regulation of Data Protection (GDPR) comes into force soon. As of May 25 it will be the mandatory data protection regulation that will replace the LOPD.

The adaptation in Spain seems to be very slow. According to an IDC study, only 10% of Spanish companies are ready, a figure that is far from the degree of adoption in other European countries such as Germany (26%), the United Kingdom (24%) and Italy (20%).

The main obstacles that have been found for its adoption in Spanish companies are: conflicts of priorities, lack of budget, limitations of resources and ignorance of the regulations.

The study shows that one of the main doubts that companies have is how GDPR will affect the cloud. So let’s see how the main cloud providers are in regards with GDPR compliance.

SPOILER for the impatient ones: they are better prepared than in previous regulations.

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Removing the foundations of traditional contracts in the IT sector

There is no doubt that in medium or long term business relationships, when the exchange between the different parties is not instant, you need to establish standards that try to guarantee the interests of each one.

In this scenario, trust and risk sharing (financial, reputational, etc.) play a fundamental role. Finding this balance between control and trust is not always easy.

The complexity of the environment and the very nature of the business, such as the Internet and digital products, can generate a degree of uncertainty that can tip the balance towards the control side, when what really helps us achieve success is a good relationship of trust and collaboration.

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Infographic: digital transformation is done suitless

Are you going to the office with a suit? Do you use business cards? Do you still print documents to read later? Sorry, then you are not ready for digital transformation.

The digitalization process of any company goes beyond being at the forefront in technology. It is also a change of attitude, of profound renewal in order to quickly adapt to the digital environment and its needs.

But companies are not only formed by formal relationships, there are also a series of informal indicators, very easy to identify, that help us predict whether or not a company is ready to carry out their digital transformation.

In this infographic we collect 7 of these informal indicators that detect in a very graphic and intuitive way if a company is on the right path of business digitalization… or not.

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Being digital has to do with attitude, not knowledge

2017 ended with new years resolutions from Spanish companies to improve and adapt to the new digital environment.

However, these resolutions are still far from becoming a reality. Mainly because some positions of responsibility act under the bias of their previous experience in a radically different environment.

“We can not solve problems using the same reasoning that we used when we created them”, Albert Einstein.

To better understand this situation, let’s look at five mistakes, each one associated with a role or team that we have found  to be recurrent in many large Spanish companies.

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